Events leading up to the Revolutionary War caused increasing tensions between the colonists and the British government. The British government felt it was the responsibility of the colonies to help pay for the French and Indian War. A series of tax laws were passed including the Molasses Act of 1733, the Proclamation of 1763, the Currency Act of 1764, the Stamp Act of 1765, the Quartering Act of 1765, and the Townshend Act of 1767. The colonists retaliated. The Sons of Liberty was a group dedicated to defending colonists’ rights and moving the colonies toward revolution.